La Rafle (The Roundup)
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
on June 11, 2013
La Rafle (The Roundup) gives us a glimpse of the atrocities committed during WW II. This particular movie focusses on Petain, the French police, and the crimes they perpetrated against the Parisian Jewish community. I have known about this
particular subject since I read Sarah's Key. I often wonder how people can so easily turn against neighbors, especially when the majority are children. This movie is heartbreaking; it reminds us that ignorance and power are a lethal combination but it also reinforces that fact that there are always good people in the midst of chaos. For anyone interested in WW II history this movie is a "must see".
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
TOP 100 REVIEWERon December 12, 2013
July 16, 1942 . . . . . 13,152 Jewish residents of Paris, many of them children, are rounded up and transported to the Vélodrome d'Hiver, an indoor bicycle track and stadium not far from the Eiffel Tower, where they were held for five days with no food, no water, little medical care - not even any lavatories. (Of the 10 in the stadium, 5 had been sealed to prevent escapes and the remainder did not function.) The roof of the stadium had been painted dark blue to conceal the structure from bombers, the windows bolted shut for security. All of them* were eventually transported to Auschwitz. Almost none of them returned.

In the aftermath of the war, the Rafle du Vel' d'Hiv mostly disappeared from the public discourse until 1995, when French President Jacques Chirac apologized for the role that the French played in the roundup. The Rafle du Vel' d'Hiv was different than Nazi roundups and exterminations elsewhere because it was not carried out by Germans, but by the French Police.

La Rafle (The Roundup) tells the story of the Rafle du Vel' d'Hiv from a very different perspective than does Sarah's Key, that of a nurse who is one of the few outsiders allowed into the Vélodrome d'Hiver to help render medical assistance, and includes much more of the history behind the roundup.

In French with English subtitles, the film runs 124 minutes.

Grandma's $0.02 - The Rafle du Vel' d'Hiv with its widespread roundup of children and the elderly put paid to Nazi propaganda that Jews were being transported to work camps in the East, as well as the idea that only the Germans were complicit in the Holocaust. Suitable for teens, La Rafle (The Roundup) would make a valuable addition to a Holocaust social studies unit.

Highly recommended

*A tiny handful of children did manage to escape from the transit camps and thus were not deported.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
In July of 1942, the Nazis invaded Paris, France and began the `roundup' of over 13,000 French Jews. Based with great detail on the true event, this film begins with original footage of Hitler and his troops in black and white and seamlessly brings it into a color focus that makes for a truly realistic event. Director/writer Rose Bosch splices individual stories, terrorism and acts of bravery with heartbreaking clarity. Several families and their non-Jewish neighbors are depicted during this period as both trying to save and hide those who are mercilessly hunted. Children are shown in excruciating circumstances, being separated from their parents, hidden by others and ultimately being ousted from their homes. The unsympathetic anti-Jewish neighbors of Paris are also depicted with their unbelievable cruelty and hate.

Starring great actors Jean Reno as a doctor and Melanie Laurent as a nurse, each character is confronted endlessly with choices of saving lives and postponing deaths. Much of the film takes place in a large stadium (Velodrome d'Hiver) where entire families live on sparse rations with disease and atrocious discomfort. Reno and Laurent are subtly magnificent in their characters and the tension and story-telling are stunning. Knowing that all the stadiums victims are going to be rounded up again to be shipped off to Auschwitz, these two characters have to make horrific and dangerous decisions.

In 1995, this atrocity was first fully revealed to the world and this film depicts the spirit and humanity of the Parisian Jews against the methodical cruelty of the Nazis. The ending is both heartfelt, hopeful and tragic with a well-balanced finale that finally reveals to the world (in cinematic terms) this amazingly shameful event. DVD provided for review purposes.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on September 26, 2014
I find it very difficult to provide the right vocabulary to give adulation to this magnificent DVD Movie and the producer Rose Bosch. I had relatives in the U.S. Army during World War II who served in France, mentioned the roundups during the Summer of 1942. For the first time, as a former USAF Officer, completely I understand what took place during the Summer of 1942. Here is a film that portrays the true events of rounding up the Jews which left me completely transfixed in a constant state of futility, relief and astonishment. How, could people do this? How could people round up 4,051 Jewish children, put them on trains which had only the destination for their final extinction. This included 13,000 men and women who were deported to Nazi German Concentration camps; only 25 survived. 13,000 Jews were rounded up in Paris to be held for several days in the Velodrome d'Hiver stadium with little food or water; then transferred to internment camps outside of Paris, and finally to Auschwitz - where they disappeared - only 25 returned. Jean Reno's performance as the Jewish Doctor is completely flawless and engrossing. Melanie Laurent's role as a Nurse who made several futile attempts to save Jewish children was superlative and outstanding. In the cast, there is a young boy ca. 12 or 13 years old by the name of Hugo Leverdez who played the role of "Jo" or Joseph Weisman that was career-defining ,
emotionally astute and undeniably powerful. Hugo is a genius by his truthful representation for the annihilation of the lives of 4,051 Jewish children while a few escaped the trains. The French were aware the Vichy and the Germans aimed to round up 24,000
Jews. Nevertheless Parisians - which included Protestant Ministers and Catholic Priests - hid 10,000 Jewish men, women and children. There the additional altruistic historic feature will be revealed that resulted in making this film so powerful about the
bad and the good. There were French citizens who refused to succumb to the roundups and an epic true story in a DVD film to honor them has been long overdue. Upon conclusion of viewing this film, I have an entirely different and positive regard for the
French and France during World War II. Finally, it is essential that we Christians, the Jews and others in the West, must be
united in upholding the Natural Law, especially the Nuremberg Code of 1947 which are inherent messages in this film. The producer Rose Bosch and others have put this film which is one of a kind, and of value sine qua none in a DVD collection.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on July 27, 2013
In spite of knowing the story well, the movie was very engaging. The only issue was that I don't like subtitles with white on white. Other than that, awesome.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on October 23, 2013
This movie was very well done all the way around. It deals with the subject of the French rounding up Jews. I will not say more due to possible spoilers. For those that enjoy historical dramas, WWII dramas this is a must see.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 13, 2014
"La Rafle" is a great look at a time in history when good people did nothing to stop the killing of innocent people. This is a look at "The Round-up" of thousands of Jews in Paris during WW II, through the eyes of a nurse who wasn't Jewish, but who knew what was happening was wrong. "La Rafle" doesn't white wash every thing the way so many films do. The movie puts it out there just the way it really was. This is a very emotional film, and violent as well. This is an intimate look into people's lives that makes a person feel like they really know them and almost feel their pain. If you don't feel any thing watching this movie, there is no hope! Yes, it is in French, but it is an easy movie to keep up with, and the English subtitles are great. I highly recommend this one!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on October 13, 2013
My 15 year old daughter watched this in French class...and wanted me to watch it also. The subtitles and dialog go very quickly so you better keep up! Unless you know your French. I liked that this was a true story...I liked the actors...and I liked that they did not show all of the horrible bits that we have all seen so many times. It seemed to me the movie went very quickly. I would watch again.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on January 10, 2014
I highly recommend this movie to you if you liked or loved "Sarah's Key". I found this to be just as emotional as that movie...take some time nd watch this movie..I don't think you will regret it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 25, 2014
Unbelievably gripping, this movie sucked me in like nobody's business. The best phrase I can use to describe this was emotionally-jam packed. I cried and cheered more from this movie than any I've seen recently. I also really like how it showed both the bad and the good in the French population during this trying time period. I've heard that war brings out the best and worst in people, and this movie just illustrates that to emotional relief. If you're looking for a WWII movie that will move and inspire you, definitely watch this one. It's one of the best out there.
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